Turner filmmaker spins personal experience in foster care into a thriller

Izzy is mean. She’s mouthy, profoundly depressed. She has bounced around in foster care for eight years when suddenly, at 15, she has a run-in with the man who killed her parents.

As P. Seth Roberts describes his new movie, there’s little happy. No comedy. And, he warns, no feel-good ending.

“This is ‘The Empire Strikes Back,'” he said. Dark, brooding, disturbing.

Roberts, 43, of Turner, wrote the thriller/drama screenplay for “Bad Kid” based in part on his own experience in Maine’s foster care system as a young boy. Fortunately, the grisly murder is added fiction.

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